What is Mono?
Infectious mononucleosis (mono) is often called kissing disease and requires mono testing to diagnose. The virus that causes mono (Epstein-Barr virus) is spread through saliva. You can get it through kissing, but you can also be exposed by sharing a glass or food utensils with someone who has mono. However, mononucleosis isn’t as contagious as some infections, such as the common cold.
You’re most likely to get mononucleosis with all the signs and symptoms if you’re a teen or young adult. Young children usually have few symptoms, and the infection often goes undiagnosed.
If you have mononucleosis, it’s important to be careful of certain complications such as an enlarged spleen. Rest and enough fluids are keys to recovery.
The mononucleosis test is used to help determine whether a person with symptoms has infectious mononucleosis (mono). The mono test is used to detect proteins in the blood called heterophile antibodies that are produced by the immune system in response to an Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection, the most common cause of mono.